The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given the United States broadband providers something to cheer about. The study was conducted to examine the download speeds and it was found that when compared to early 2009, the download speeds are now closer to the ones made public by ISPs. Sustained speeds were examined since the speeds were reported to be very irregular as in the speeds fluctuated every few seconds. Congestion of network is the reason for this irregularity. The speeds are varied and dependant on the network provider and the technology used. While DSL services were found to be very slow, cable services were better and fiber optics based services were the fastest.
Verizon FiOS is a service that runs on fiber optics. The performance of the company was high and of all the ISP download speeds, Verizon contributed 114%. Following this were the cable service providers who grossed 93% and lastly, DSL services registered 82%. Users of DSL service are not very happy with their speeds since the money that they have to shell out is almost on par with the other services. Mark Wigfield, the spokesperson of FCC said that disclosure notices and requirements of data regarding consumer information was issued by the commission. This information is requested in order to evaluate the kind of information that can help consumer make the right decision while choosing their broadband provider.
For the study, FCC considered the thirteen major broadband providers in the United States. On the whole these thirteen major companies make up 86% of total broadband connectivity network in the United States. Thousands of general public came forward to volunteer for the study from which the above mentioned results have been mentioned. The survey was conducted in March. FCC got the contract for the task for using SamKnows for measuring results. Peak hour data was considered for the study, between 7 PM and 11 PM everyday in March. This is also the time when the quality of service fluctuates.
According to the survey, customers were not getting a raw deal in broadband connections. Most of the times they could access 80% to 90% of the advertised speeds, which is admirable. The companies providing the connection are also happy with the results. Although some people are of the opinion that further studies are required for better establishment of speeds, most of the companies seemed to have a reason to celebrate following the results of the survey.